Green Bay Packers Jerseys Like just about everyone else, Eddie Lacy is impressed with Ty Montgomery’s transition to running back.
And like just about everyone else, the Green Bay Packers running back is having a hard time getting past Montgomery’s jersey number.
“I think his number is funny, is what I think,” Lacy said. “We joke about it with him all the time, No. 88 in the backfield. But he definitely took that role, and he’s making the most of every opportunity he gets.”
It was Lacy’s season-ending ankle injury that prompted Montgomery’s full-time move from receiver to running back. Before that, Montgomery only dabbled in backfield duties.
Lacy has watched Montgomery’s transformation up close. Even though Lacy hasn’t played since Week 6, he has stayed around Lambeau Field to attend most of the team and Cheap Jerseys position meetings and has answered whatever running-back questions Montgomery might have for him.
While Lacy still leads the Packers in rushing yards — with just 360 — Montgomery has the Packers’ highest yards-per-carry average (excluding Aaron Rodgers) at 5.2.
“He’s running like he wasn’t a receiver at all,” Lacy said. “Most people would think it’s a tough transition to go from being able to catch the ball and run to running in between the tackles and getting hit constantly. He’s definitely doing a good job with that.”
Montgomery said he’s relied heavily on Lacy,
Cheap nfl Jerseys James Starks and running backs coach Ben Sirmans in order to learn how to read holes.
“I don’t worry about coverage anymore,” Montgomery said. “I worry about fronts. Coverages are still coverages, but now I’m learning about fronts and different blitzes and stuff like that.”
Montgomery’s emergence as a running back could impact Lacy’s future with the Packers. Lacy will be a free agent after this season, and his injury has clouded his future with the Packers. If the Packers feel like Montgomery could eventually handle 15-20 carries per game (his high so far this season is nine), then perhaps it could make Lacy expendable.
As for that number issue, which comes up just about every time Montgomery gets asked about moving to running back, he doesn’t find it as funny as Lacy does. NFL rules Customized Jerseys prohibit him from changing his number during the season, and he’s unsure if he’ll be forced to switch next year.
“I don’t know, 88’s unique,” Montgomery said. “But it would be cool to be in a running back number, so we’ll see.”
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